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Make Your Own Frog 🐸

Make your own frog in celebration of all the different creatures we get to hear and see during the summer months.

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The Art (and Science) of Fireworks

Do you love fireworks? We do too. It's fun and easy to create your own paper version of a fireworks display. 

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iRead: Black History is America's History

iRead features the best ebooks, eaudiobooks and print books for children and teens curated by the Children's Room and Teen Center staff.  

Black history is America's history and it's a history that each American should know.    

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Donating Books During a Pandemic

While our libraries are focused on getting our physical materials in the hands of customers, we've temporarily taken a step back from accepting community donations but that doesn't mean there aren't some really great community organizations out there that would love to safely process your book donations. 

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Create Your Own Macramé Hemp Bracelet

Keep the kids busy with this simple activity that requires a minimal amount of materials, does not create a huge a mess and can been done somewhat independently! 

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iRead: Holding Tight to Family

iRead features the best ebooks and eaudiobooks for children and teens curated by the Children's Room and Teen Center staff.  

Celebrate family with Lil Alan, the Gaither sisters and the Watsons by sharing their stories, their connection and their love.

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Who's Ready for Some Sports?

If you're looking for a little dose of sports, our staff has some great titles that may be up your alley.

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DIY Storytime: Get Up, Stand Up

Curated storytimes that families can share at home with an ebook (Get Up, Stand Up)songs and poems ( Funga Alafia; Warrior; and I Love You Too) and activities (Making Space: Speak Up; Chalk Your Walk; and Yard Signs).

 

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Adventures with Kids: Knee Deep in the Garden

Flowers—even weeds—tell an important story about the climate and ecosystem of an area. These simple activities require very little preparation, but they pack a big learning punch.

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iRead: Let's Talk Race for Children & Families

iRead features the best ebooks and eaudiobooks for children and teens curated by the Children's Room and Teen Center staff.  

When it comes to children, adults have the opportunity, through literature and stories, to help children form attitudes which support equity and inclusion, so we have not only an opportunity, but an obligation, to share books reflecting the black experience and written by black authors, with children.

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Create Your Own Track Record

Take your Summer Learning Challenge to a whole new level this year by creating your own track record from right where you are.

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DIY Storytime: Tiny T Rex and the Impossible Hug

Curated storytimes that families can share at home with an ebook (Tiny T. Rex and the Impossible Hug), songs (Open Them, Shut Them; Bounce, Tickle, Hug; and I Have a Little Heart) and activities (Mail a Hug; Whose Hug? Game; and Me Too Game).

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Sensory Dough Learning Activities

Using sensory dough to promote learning and play at home is easier than you might think. And you probably already have everything you need to get started. 

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iRead: Celebrate Asian Pacific American Heritage Month

iRead features the best ebooks and eaudiobooks for children and teens curated by the Children's Room and Teen Center staff.  

"May is Asian Pacific American Heritage Month (APAHM), celebrating the achievements and contributions of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in the United States."--The Asian Pacific American Institute for Congressional Studies, apaics.org

 

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Create Your Own Sensory Dough

Making sensory dough at home is much easier than you might think, and you probably already have everything you need waiting in your pantry.

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iRead: Funny Families

iRead features the best ebooks and eaudiobooks for children and teens curated by the Children's Room and Teen Center staff.  

Is your dad driving you crazy or your mom's making you mad?  Maybe your little brother's a bother and your big sister is such a pain? 

Take a breath, grab your Richland Library card, and spend some time with these funny families instead.  

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5 Films for Free: Birds, Bugs, and Botany

This weekly blog series, published each Friday evening, features five films from streaming services which you can access for free using your library card. The five selections this week are nature documentaries - just because we're stuck inside doesn't mean we can't still enjoy some of the wonders of our world!

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iRead: Fast Friends

iRead features the best ebooks and eaudiobooks for children and teens curated by the Children's Room and Teen Center staff.  

Whether it's true blue friends or even a new friend, friendships deeply impact our lives.  They teach us about the world and about ourselves.  Sometimes we're not ready to learn the lesson until that friend is gone.

Discover your own fast friends in this week's iRead picks featuring two middle grade novels and one teen title.  

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iRead: World at War

iRead features the best ebooks and eaudiobooks for children and teens curated by the Children's Room and Teen Center staff.  

These new middle grade novels and graphic novel explore the world at war.  Revealing that even in our darkest hour, we can still find the light.  

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iRead: The Ramona Quimby Audio Collection

iRead features the best ebooks and eaudiobooks for children and teens curated by the Children's Room and Teen Center staff.  

Check out a great audio collection recommended by the Johanssons (Isla and Emily) as one of their favorite family listens.  

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All Around Town: 7 Days of Family-friendly Activities

With a little help from our friends around town, here are some daily suggestions for family-friendly activities—both digital and non—from some of our favorite places that just might get you out of your current rut.

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Common Backyard Birds

Learn about our most common backyard birds and how to identify the uncommon ones

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Because Libraries are Always Here for You

In honor of National Library Week (April 19 - 25, 2020), we decided that there's no better way to celebrate than by shining a light on the courageous and innovative work our colleagues around the country are doing during this unprecedented time. 

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Finding Meaning in Weird Times

We're in the midst of a crisis, but for the luckier ones, it might just feel like a really weird time. How do we make meaning and find a purpose when the best thing we can do is stay put?

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Managing Children’s Emotions 

Eight things you can do today to help your entire family understand, process and cope with this new, temporary normal.

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Indoor / Outdoor Scavenger Hunt for Kids

Coming up with ways to keep young children entertained while stuck at home is challenging. Try these two scavenger hunts for a nice change of pace. 

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Pandemic Parenting

Pandemic Parenting, or "You're not very good at this, are you?"

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Whatcha Got Cookin'? 👩🏽‍🍳

Perhaps one of the things you can do with all this extra time on your hands is devote yourself to learning to prepare a new dish, cooking with the kiddos, and enjoying a leisurely home cooked meal with the family. 

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How to Do a Storytime at Home

Four easy steps to help you keep reading, singing, playing and talking every day. 

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Your Daily Dose of Children's Authors & Illustrators

From readings to art clubs to book-based activities, we've compiled a list of some of our favorite authors and illustrators who are going digital to help you and your family join in on the fun. 

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Coronavirus Resources & Information

With the Coronavirus (COVID-19) currently impacting the U.S., we've compiled a list of resources and information to help you and your family stay informed. 

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The Magic of Mac Barnett

Picture books push and stretch a child's imagination, breathing magic into the everyday. And Mac Barnett is a master of this magic. 

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Talking to Children about Tragedy

Books are one of the best ways to open the door on a topic, to start a discussion with your children about tough issues.